Quesnel gela il futuro di Kimi–28/07/2011
Citroen WRC boss disappointed with Kimi Raikkonen’s rally progress
Citroen team principal Olivier Quesnel says Kimi Raikkonen still has work to do before he can cut it at the front of the World Rally Championship.
The Finn is now in his second season in the WRC, although he is tackling a reduced programme as a private driver this season. But Quesnel admitted the Finn’s speed was not what had been expected.
When asked what he thought of Raikkonen’s performance so far this year, Quesnel replied: "I think he must be a little bit disappointed. The day he will have the click I think he could be faster. But he didn’t have the click yet. Maybe he will have it one day but which day? I cannot tell you."
Raikkonen feels his speed is improving. The 2007 Formula 1 world champion said: "We have improved a lot, it [rally speed] feels normal sometimes. But we have to improve again and that’s what we’re going to be looking for [on this week’s Rally Finland].
This week’s Jyvaskyla-based WRC qualifier is the event on which the Finn has the most experience, having competed on the rally twice previously.
"I know some of the stages now," Raikkonen added. "But tomorrow is all new and that will be difficult again."
Raikkonen admitted that, beyond the WRC this season, he still has no plans for 2012. He also talked for the first time about not taking part in any motorsport.
"We haven’t really given a thought to what’s going to happen next year… if we’re going to do anything at all," he said.